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Review: Mulberry and Thyme

Muddy heads to eco-friendly luxury hair salon Mulberry and Thyme in Epsom Downs for a high-powered injection of red.


I have super thick hair that is a bit more than wavy, but less than lovely full-on curls. The colour is naturally veering towards ginger, but isn’t quite a full-on red. And let’s not even talk about those pesky greys that keep creeping in around my temples.

It was time to inject some phwoar into my locks – lose the wishy washy not-quite-red colour and come out with a bold in-your-face wine-coloured red. And take a lot of weight out of the layers that had sadly grown out long ago. I also fancied some feathering around the front – channelling a bit of the Jennifer Aniston cut of the 1980s.


Mulberry and Thyme is a luxury unisex salon in Epsom Downs. It’s owned and run by Carly Richardson who heads up a small, experienced team of colourists and stylists. Carly has bags of experience – she worked alongside the famous Daniel Galvin, no less – and she’s leading the way in a tricky industry, to be as green as she can. The salon has chosen to stock Aveda full spectrum 99% naturally derived from plants and non-petroleum minerals.

If you’ve not visited, you must! It’s a far cry from the monochrome safety zone of many high street salons. Think cool industrial chic with exposed brick feature walls and an entire wall that looks like a pressed metal floor-to-ceiling filing cabinet. A cluster of quirky lampshades hang from the ceiling in the wash room, where the reclining chairs and basins are, and there’s a fabulous vintage leather sofa.


The colour (by creative director Carly): After a patch test and consultation the week before, we’d agreed a bold shade of red from Davines. Mulberry and Thyme use Davines and Aveda products which are cruelty free, and ammonia and PPD free – perfect for my over-processed hair.

Before starting the colour treatment, Carly made sure I was comfortable and relaxed – performing the Aveda renewal ritual using the brand’s essential oils which she has me inhale deeply before she gave me a neck, shoulders and scalp massage.

She then applied the colour to my hair, painting it on sections of hair and massaging it in before moving to the next section. While the colour was processing, she gave me a hand massage. Bliss.

The cut (by creative director Carly): An inch came off the bottom, longer layers were cut in and the whole thing was reshaped with the front feathered to frame the face. Carly then sliced fine pieces through and added texturised to help take some of the weight out. It’s all very well leaving a salon with it perfectly styled – and with a lovely sleek blowdry which I struggle to do well myself it ¨ perfectly styled – but Carly made sure the cut would work with my everyday wash and go.


Quite frankly Carly has worked a miracle on the colour – it’s bold, rich and vibrant – which is exactly what I asked her to do. I’m thrilled with the results


A full-head tint with Carly is £58.70 and a ladies’ cut and finish is also £58.70.

Mulberry and Thyme, 221 Fir Tree Road, Epsom Downs, KT17 3LB

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1 comment on “Review: Mulberry and Thyme”

  • RHONDA EVANS February 9, 2020

    That looks lovely.


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